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Xiaomi announces the ultra-affordable Redmi 2A: a $96 dual-SIM LTE-enabled trooper

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Xiaomi announces the ultra-affordable Redmi 2A: a $96 dual-SIM LTE-enabled trooper

Earlier this month, we heard that China-based Xiaomi is about to commemorate its 5th birthday (which happens to be today, by the way) with a new device announcement, and it turns out that this is indeed the case. The so-called "Apple of China" just lifted the veil off of its newest device, the Redmi 2A, a toned-down variation of the recently-announced Redmi 2,which proudly joins the ranks of the affordable members of Xiaomi's entry-level range with its ultra-low starting price of 599 yuan (which is roughly $96).

Well, we shouldn't expect stellar hardware or any unique features for this price. Honestly, the price tag itself is a pretty notable aspect of the phone. In particular, the device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Leadcore L1860C chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM, while a Mali T628MP2 GPU takes care of graphics. 

It has a 4.7-inch 720p display at the front, an 8MP camera at the back, and a 2MP selfie shooter. A 2,200mAh battery keeps the lights one; the Xiaomi Redmi 2A is also LTE-capable and has two SIM card slots on board. Note that the phone is also equipped with fast-charging.

As we said, the device will be available fort 599 yuan, but Xiaomi will undertake a promotion on April 8 and will sell the device for 499 yuan (roughly $80). Availability will most certainly be limited to the markets that are currently selling Xiaomi's devices on a regular basis. 


source: Xiaomi 

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posted on 31 Mar 2015, 05:14

1. NopeNein (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


This VS The OG Redmi 1s? on performance and daily basis performance? anybody? (Also the battery life)

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 09:22

10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I'd compare it with the Redmi 1, since it's much more similar in terms of hardware

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 05:26

2. Bondurant (Posts: 417; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


This wont sell online as the online buying consumer require specs above that. They have to sell in hardstores and it would sell like hot cake but then bringing it to hardstore would increase the price in the first place.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 06:16 1

5. seven7dust (unregistered)


then how did the redmi 1s sell ? it had worse specs. when people buy sub 100$ phones they don't look at specs n processors.

it has a 720p screen , a good GPU and 2000 mah battery. pretty decent if you ask me.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 08:51

8. faizan-sharif (Posts: 97; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


man 1s had qualcom soc, here u have leadcore

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 09:11

9. seven7dust (unregistered)


it had mediatek variant as well, now we have leadcore with mali GPU , probably better than old mediatek chips.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 05:31

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This would be confusing for some consumers with Redmi 2 and 2A.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 06:13 2

4. seven7dust (unregistered)


it's basically meant to confuse , so that most people just buy a redmi based on price. after all paying 80$-90$ most people won't be looking at specs.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 07:37

6. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Yuck those colors...

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 08:08

7. lylee73 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


I haven't really heard of this variant, but this seems interesting.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 09:25

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


They announced it just a few hours ago, plus they've done this kind of variant before with the Mi 2

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 09:57

12. JaneChenLong (Posts: 374; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


This phone will rule the US$100 market

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 17:30 1

17. coldspring22 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Sure, people in US wanted, they could order it from china etailer, it will work fine with Att and Tmobile network. I would say for someone who use their phone more heavily, Redmi Note 4G is better, since it comes with 2GB of memory. I got one and it's working quite well with Tmobile in San Francisco area, getting HPSA+ speed of 12 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. Just make sure to buy FDD-LTE (China Unicom version).

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 10:33

13. CreeDiddy (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Good luck on profit margin. Need to sell 1 billion just to generate 100 million in profit. Too much work for no gain.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 11:14

14. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


Looks like a cheap iPhone 5c with Android.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 11:14

15. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


And I like it.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 11:14

16. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


And I like it.

posted on 31 Mar 2015, 18:04

18. Donbenie (Posts: 207; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)


Not bad..

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